FROM THE DESK OF DAVID BERNETT
SMART Local 105 Business Manager/President Luther Medina has been appointed to the International Certification Board (ICB).
The International Certification Board is the industry leader in HVAC testing, adjusting and balancing and HVAC fire life safety certifications. ICB certification is a statement that the technician, supervisor and contractor demonstrate the highest level of professional expertise. Procedures for obtaining certification are set by the International Certification Board.
“I look forward to working with my fellow board members at the ICB. I really believe in continuing education and the value of certifications, especially considering the rapidly changing technology in our industry. In order to stay relevant, our members have to take classes and continue to hone their craft to enhance their marketability in the field,” Medina said.
Medina began his apprenticeship with Local 108 in 1987. He became a journeyman in 1991, working in both the architectural sheet metal and HVAC industries. In 1996, he became a Local union trustee, and in 1998, he became an executive board member. A year later, he joined the staff of the Local as a full-time organizer.
In 2004, Medina was elected as a business representative for the newly chartered Local 105, where he served until 2012, when he was appointed as business manager/president. He was subsequently elected to that position in June 2013.
Medina is active in his labor community, serving as vice president for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, as a trustee of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, as an executive board member of the California State Building and Construction Trades Council, and as a member of the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board, a position he was appointed to by Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Medina joins fellow labor side members Pat Landgraf, labor co-chair, and Chris Griffey.